The first Bombardier Global 7000 lands on Canadian Aircraft Registry!
The first Bombardier Global 7000 has appeared on the Canadian aircraft registry. The aircraft is listed as experimental, with a model number of BD-700-2A12. A search of the Transport Canada online registration shows that the aircraft has been registered as C-GLBO, with the manufacturers serial number 70001. Bombardier president and CEO Alain Bellemare said earlier in the year that the Global 7000 is due to fly for the first time before the end of the year.
Speaking during the company’s second quarter investor relations call Bellemare reiterated 2018 as the new expected entry into service date, but avoided committing to service entry for the larger Global 8000. Launched in 2010 in tandem, the Global 7000 / 8000s are the next aircraft in the 750+ selling Global family.
The Global 7000 is the largest of the two new aircraft, with a max range just a shade under the Gulfstream G560ER at 7,300 nmi (13,520 km). The aircraft was originally due to enter service in 2016, however a series of setbacks, including issues the wings. During 2015 Bombardier announced a production rate cut for the Global 5000 / 6000, citing falling demand, especially from emerging economies. Deliveries of the Global family slipped slightly during the first half of 2016, down three aircraft to 14 shipments versus the 17 aircraft deliveries in the same period last year.